Mississippi Hunting News

Mississippi's Turkey Season Changes on South Delta WMAs

Flood events along the Mississippi River have had significant consequences for wild turkey populations within the Delta.  Although most adult birds survived flood waters by moving to higher ground or treetops for extended periods; flood events during 2008, 2009, and 2011 all occurred during the spring nesting season.  Wild turkeys nest on the ground; therefore, very little reproduction occurred in the Delta during these years.  Conversely, reproduction was above average across the region during 2010.  

Mississippi DWFP To Hold Wildlife Management Area Public Meetings

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is holding a series of six public meetings to discuss Wildlife Management Area (WMA) activities.  The meetings will showcase regional WMA harvest data, habitat work, infrastructure improvements, and information about MDWFP.  All WMA users, adjacent landowners, hunting clubs, and concerned citizens are invited to attend.  

Light Goose Conservation Order Resumes in Mississippi

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that even though the regular waterfowl season ends on January 29, additional light goose huntingopportunity will be available for late winter and early spring.  The light goose conservation order is a special hunting opportunity to help control expanding populations of snow, blue, and Ross's geese (collectively called light geese).  The remainder of this special opportunity will be from January 30th to February 3rd, 2012.  The light goose conservation order will be closed for the weekend of February 4th - 5t

Mississippi Abundant Acorn Crop Contributes to Reduced Deer Sightings in 2011

Mississippi's 2011-2012 deer season has been interesting to say the least.  Prior to the season, MDWFP Deer Program Biologists were concerned with meeting hunters' expectations due to an abundant statewide acorn crop.  Many hunters understand that deer observations tend to be less during years of heavy acorn production.  "This reduction in deer observations is caused by one major factor; if deer have ample access to food, they tend to move much less," said MDWFP Deer Program Biologist, Lann M. Wilf.

Mississippi WMA Turkey Hunting Applications Available January 15

Beginning January 15th the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will begin accepting applications for turkey hunting on select Wildlife Management Areas.

Suspect Confesses to Killing Black Bear in Amite County, Mississippi

On December 19, 2011, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks received an anonymous phone call that a bear had been killed in the Busy Corner Community of Amite County. In a joint effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, MDWFP was able to identify the shooter and obtain the bear, which had been previously tagged.

Alabama Rig Illegal to Fish in Some Mississippi Lakes

The newest, hottest lure in bass fishing, the Alabama Rig, has generated much discussion regarding whether it is legal use in Mississippi waters. The Alabama Rig has five wire arms extending from the center of the bait, with each arm having a clip or swivel on the end. A variety of baits, typically swimbaits or grubs, are attached to it. The “device” basically allows an angler to cast multiple lures on a single cast.

Mississippi DWFP and MDEQ Release Fish to Repopulate Lower Pearl River

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff from the Meridian Fish Hatchery, accompanied by staff from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), released about 3,000 harvestable-sized channel catfish into the Pearl River near Picayune this week. The channel catfish are part of a recovery program for the Pearl River that was affected when a discharge of black liquor from the Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, Louisiana, resulted in a massive fish kill last August.

Mississippi Primitive Weapon Season for Deer Opens December 2nd

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Deer Program reminds hunters that Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens Friday, December 2nd and runs through Thursday, December 15th in all deer zones. Antlerless deer and zone legal bucks are eligible for harvest. Hunters may take both an antlerless deer and a legal buck in the same day.

Youth White-tailed Deer Season Opens November 5 in Mississippi

November 5–6, 2011 is the dedicated youth weekend for deer hunting in Mississippi. This weekend provides youth under the age of 16 the first opportunity to hunt deer with a gun. “Take a kid, make a memory,” said Justin Thayer, Deer Program Biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. “MDWFP encourages youth deer hunting by providing ample hunting opportunities, weapon of choice, and relaxed antler criteria for youth in hopes of getting more youth involved in the outdoors,” says Thayer.